Vancouver Island Event: Filberg Festival (Comox)
By Valerie van der Gracht (twitter @Valvdg)
Just got back from the 30th annual Filberg Festival in Comox. If you haven’t been yet be sure to stop by sometime this weekend. The Filberg Festival is open today, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 10 am.
The location is sublime. A beautiful park in its own right the Filberg turns into a shoppers paradise. This year event management duo Susan Lewis and Wendy Sears of Lewis & Sears have organized the crafts and vendors by category making it so easy to browse. You will find unique and unusual items throughout the grounds of the park.
I have friends who go only for the entertainment which is excellent again this year. Spirit of the West are opening up the Festival and on Monday, the final day, 2012 JUNO Award winner Phil Dwyer will perform along with the ever popular Michael Kaeshammer. For the full list of performers http://filbergfestival.com/entertainment/entertainers/
Spirit Of The West
I had an opportunity to visit a few of the vendors and chatted with The Saltspring Soap Works. Now run by the second generation soap makers they have remained loyal to the Filberg Festival and have been on site every year since 1984. The line has grown since 1979 and they now have a product range of about 100 items. You can see more of them at the Filberg Festival this weekend or in December on Saltspring. Or anytime online at www.saltspringsoapworks.com
From jewelry to pottery the Filberg Festival really has it all. Hungry? Get yourself down to the Filberg for a variety of great food and snacks.
The best way to get there is by bike. The Filberg Festival provides secure bike storage. If you are driving and want to park on the street note that it is limited and you would have to get there early. Best bet is the Park & Ride Bus running during the Filberg Festival, with scheduled hours of 9:30am-6pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and 9:30am-5pm on Monday from Brooklyn Elementary School site at 1475 Noel Avenue.
Put on your sunscreen and your hat and have a great time at the Filberg Festival this weekend.